BELMONT — The Lady Huskies nearly pulled off what would have been a big first round upset in the 2A state playoffs, but in the end, the Stuart Cramer HS Storm came away with a 44-43 win in overtime.
Ashe led after each of the first three quarters, but came up just short in overtime.
“We had a great first half, but the scoring lull found us in the second half, something that has been a problem all season,” said Ashe County head coach Laura Foster. “I thought we should’ve been up by more at the half, so that was concerning to me.”
The Lady Huskies held a 10-point advantage at the half, but then Stuart Cramer started to find a little more offense in the second half that brought the game to within three points going to the fourth.
Ashe had a chance to seal the win in regulation, but a miscue sent the contest to overtime.
“We had a critical turnover in the final seconds with us up two points that led to an easy two for them to tie the game,” Foster said. “Once the game went into OT, they took the lead and we were forced to foul.”
Stuart Cramer hit four straight in the closing seconds to seal the win. Ashe hit a shot at the buzzer to make the final score 44-43.
“Stuart Cramer is a solid team with three very mobile six-foot-tall players. But my kids battled hard all game, and all season for that matter, being undersized. I am proud of our effort,” said Foster.
Haley Bourhill led all players with 15 points. Laura Trull scored 12 points and added a game-high 11 rebounds. Carley Womack scored nine points and Lexi Trull had four points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks.
Senior guard Chloe Sullivan led Ashe with 13 points and also added six rebounds and four assists. Sam Woods finished with 10 points and six rebounds, Hallie Treva had eight points and five rebounds and Abby Sullivan scored seven points to go with four rebounds and four steals. Senior Sydney Kate Grubb scored three points, snagged four rebounds and added three steals and Jayce Miller scored two points.
“This group of girls has been enjoyable for me to coach, we certainly exceeded most people’s expectations with winning 15 games and the games we lost we were in the game except one,” said Foster.
Ashe will say goodbye to five senior players from this year’s team: Chloe Sullivan, Sydney Kate Grubb, Gracie Greene, Amber Miller and Olivia Patton.
“We will miss our five seniors that have been the heartbeat of our team. They should serve as a blueprint to the others on how to lead a team. They were outstanding teammates and my coaching staff and I will miss them tremendously,” said Foster. “I know they have a bright future because they are hard workers, have great attitudes and they are good girls.”
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.